My interest in Ham Radio began as a teenager. At the tender age of 14, I noticed a neighbor that had the biggest "TV antenna" I ever saw. It was in fact a 3 element 20 meter beam. I went over to his house one weekend, introduced myself and asked what "that antenna was used for"? We went down to his basement hamshack and he showed me his station. I was immediately hooked. I joined the local radio club and in November of 1956 I took and passed my Novice exam. Eight weeks later I received the call KN2UVC. During the next year, I studied and upgraded to General. My call changed to K2UVC. I upgraded to Advanced class in 1977 and Extra class in 2000. I applied for and got the vanity call sign W2AR in August 2000. I am a member of the ARRL and am heavily involved in ARES/RACES, Skywarn, CERT. I became a Volunteer Examiner in May 2014 and just received appointments for an Official Emergency Station and Technical Specialist in July 2015.
I spent 3 1/2 years in the US Army Signal Corps after high school, as a fixed station control operator. After signal corp school in Fort Monmouth, I was sent to a small peninsula in Sinop, Turkey, on the Black Sea, for 11 months and 23 days. There I operated their receiver site and maintained their R-390 receivers. Upon returning to the US, I was stationed in Fort Dietrick, Maryland at the East Coast Relay Station. This was a brand new facility that controlled all of US Army worldwide communication. We were net control for the world when it came to Army Communications. We were known as "WAR control" which was synonymous with Washington. This was the biggest ham station in the world to me. We had ten 40 KW Collins 10 channel servo tuned 12 kc wide sideband transmitters and 1 linear amplifier that took 40 KW of drive and made 500 KW out of it. I communicated with Air Force 1 (President Kennedy's Airforce 26000), from this station when the White House Communications agency lost communications with them in 1962. Yes, 500 KW does get through when you need it. The transmitting antennas were Rhombics and Sterba Curtains.
After leaving the service, I went to work for the Department of the Army Communications at the pentagon for the next two years. Top secret stuff for which I had a top secret crypto clearance. While there, I was the first person to communicate with Russia on the Hotline when it was established in 1963.
My amateur radio license was responsible for me being hired at the ABC television network in August 1964. At that time, it carried almost as much weight as a commercial license. The person that hired me was a ham operator and the 6 week summer job that I applied for lasted 38 1/2 years. I went into field operations in 1968 and for the next 31 years, televised most of ABC's major sporting events. They included six Olympic games, Monday Night Football, College football, Indianapolis 500 car races, to name a few. I also had the privilage of going to China in 1972 with President Nixon on his first visit to that country. I also televised the first live boxing match from Havana Cuba in 1972. I was instrumental in designing all of the mobile units that ABC used to televise these events. I retired from ABC in 2002 after 38 1/2 years there and went to work for the YES network just prior to them becoming an active cable channel. Four plus years later I left and went to SportsNet New York (SNY) and put them on the air in March of 2006. I retired from SNY in January 2011 having completed 46 1/2 years in the broadcast business.
I have 3 Sports EMMY awards and was also nominated for 3 other EMMY's.
My New York station has been SOLAR powered since 2001. Everything except the two HF amplifiers has been running on 12 volt 200 amp batteries. This was done because of intermittent power hits. My station is always 100 percent operational when we lose power. I also have a 15 KW propane powered backup generator with a 30 day supply of propane. This can power my whole house in addition to my station, including the linear amplifiers, if necessary. The generator got a workout during hurricane Sandy. Our neighborhood lost power for one week and we were the only home to have emergency power.
My station consists of mostly ICOM radios. I have a IC-7600, IC-756 Pro-2, IC-910H, IC-375A, R71A, R-7000, two IC-706 Mk2G, IC-2000, IC-271A, IC-471A, IC-1271A and a Swan 1200X amplifier. At a second operating position, not shown above, I also have a Drake R4C, T4XC, TR4cw/rit, RV-4 Remote VFO, C-4, L4B, MN-4, MN-2000, two MN-4 speakers with power supplies, UV-3 three band UHF/VHF radio and a W4 watt meter. I feed a 160 meter Carolina Windom on HF and in November of 2011, I added a Zero Five 40 meter vertical for HF. This antenna works fantastic and covers 40 thru 10 meters with a almost perfect 1 to 1 SWR on all bands.
I am presently living in Vero Beach, Florida. My station consists of an ICOM 756 pro 2 HF rig running 100 watts and feeding a 80 meter Carolina Windom, 22 feet high in the attic. I live in a gated community that does not allow outside antennas. I am able to work almost every station I hear with this antenna and have worked DXCC using this setup. I have two copper "J Pole" antennas in the attic for 2 meters and 440 mhz.
My mobile installation consists of an ICOM 706 Mk2G HF rig and ICOM 207H dual band VHF/UHF rig. HF Antenna is a stainless steel Predator 160 to 6 meter screwdriver and a ALNI tri-band 2 meter, 220 and 440 mhz mag mount. I have recently installed a Alpha "Moto" HF antenna with a SGC-239 auto tuner with relay switching between the two HF antennas. Everything in the vehicle is powered by two 12 volt 26 amp Gel cells batteries which are charged by the vehicle alternator. These batteries are packaged to be removed for use with my "Go-Kit", if necessary. Yes, they are heavy!
My "Go-kit" consists of an ICOM 706 Mk2 G HF rig, and a ICOM 2720 dual band VHF/UHF rig powered by a Powerwerx 30 amp switching power supply or by external 12 volt, 26 amp Gel cell batteries. Antennas for the go-kit consist of a 40 meter vertical loop which mounts on a 10 meter fiberglass mast/tripod. A new antenna from Alpha, their "EZ Military", antennas can also be mounted on the tripod and fed with the SGC-237 automatic antenna tuner for all band operation. Also have a 135 foot long wire which can also attach to the fiberglass mast. I use a roll-up twin-lead 2 meter "J Pole" for VHF/UHF.
This page last updated July, 2015.
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